- a substance made of pulped paper or paper pulp mixed with glue and other materials or of layers of paper glued and pressed together, molded when moist to form various articles, and becoming hard and strong when dry.
- made of papier-mâché.
- easily destroyed or discredited; false, pretentious, or illusory: a papier-mâché façade of friendship.
- a hard strong substance suitable for painting on, made of paper pulp or layers of paper mixed with paste, size, etc, and moulded when moist
- made of papier-mâché
n.also papier mache, 1753, from French papier-mâché, literally “chewed paper,” from Old French papier “paper” (see paper (n.)) + mâché “compressed, mashed,” from past participle of mâcher, literally “to chew,” from Late Latin masticare “masticate” (see mastication).